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post Mar 14 2008, 04:11 PM
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Premier Alan Carpenter has today launched the world’s first large-scale household program designed to help combat climate change.

Mr Carpenter said about 15,000 households across Joondalup and Mandurah could save up to $2,000 per year in household costs by participating in ‘Living Smart’ - a trial program to provide people with practical information on how greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced at a household level.

“The Living Smart trial has been designed to cut Western Australia’s carbon emissions by 15,000 tonnes each year, the equivalent of taking 3,500 cars off the road,” the Premier said.

“The program will offer advice, assistance and home environmental consultations, enabling people to make changes at home to reduce their carbon emissions by 10 per cent.

Making a typical Perth home more energy, water, travel and waste-efficient can save householders anywhere from $300 to $2,000 per year in costs.

“So not only will the program help reduce the impact on the environment, it will also help reduce household bills. It’s a win-win situation.”

The $1.5million ‘Living Smart’ program is a key initiative of the Premier’s Climate Change Action Statement ‘Making Decisions for the Future’, released in May last year.

The trial is a joint initiative between the State Government, along with the cities of Joondalup and Mandurah.

“Climate change is one of the most significant issues facing the world today,” Mr Carpenter said.

“We need to act now to help protect the environment for future generations, and by ‘Living Smart’, Western Australia can play its part.”

Environment and Climate Change Minister David Templeman said household consumption of energy, water, waste services and car travel directly accounted for about a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia, about 14 tonnes from every household each year.

“Making small, simple changes at home can collectively make a big difference to the impact we are having on the environment,” Mr Templeman said.

“Living Smart will help people make these small changes, such as turning off standby power, as well as provide householders with environmentally-friendly solutions to bigger projects, such as home renovations.”

Examples of changes householders could make under the Living Smart program include:

turning off devices on standby power, saving approximately $90 per year;
looking at how curtains, draught stoppers and closing internal doors can reduce heating and cooling costs;
reminders to switch off lights;
taking shorter showers which can save about $70 per year;
turning off the second fridge when not in use;
setting a shorter run time on the pool pump;
insulating external water pipes;
adjusting the water heater and/or fridge to the correct setting;
installing Compact Fluorescent globes;
setting up a bucket to catch the first flow of cold water before stepping into the shower;
fitting flow regulators on taps;
changing to solar hot water, with potential savings of up to $350 per year on heating bills; and
fitting external shades to east or west facing windows, saving about $70 per year.
Other key initiatives in the State Government’s fight against climate change include:

Five Star Plus - new building standards requiring all new homes to have water and energy saving devices, which have the potential to reduce consumption by approximately 50 per cent and nearly halve household water and energy bills. This builds on the Government’s existing Five Star Building Standards program;
the establishment of a $36.5million Low Emission Energy Development (LEED) Fund to promote emission reduction and support technology advancements that cut greenhouse gas emissions, including the development of geothermal energy;
the establishment of a 15 per cent renewable energy target for the South-West Interconnected System by 2020, rising to 20 per cent by 2025; and
committing the State Government to purchasing 20 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2010.
The 12-month living Smart trial begins in Joondalup immediately, and in Mandurah in April.

Further information on ‘Living Smart’ is available from http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/livingsmart

Minister for the Environment's Perth office: 9220 5050

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